No, I’m not having a flashback to the breakfast cereal, though I did love the stuff when I was a child. I’m talking about my newest lace project.
The yarn is from deep in the stash, Brooks Farm Harmony, in the color Froot Loops. They don’t make this any more, but it’s lovely stuff, half mohair, the rest wool and silk. It’s just as soft as can be, and very lustrous. I have a thousand yards of it to make a stole.
I’ve had some fun and games getting this one going. I did a proper swatch, then cast on and knit away. This is knit in two pieces, starting from either end, and then grafted down the middle. There is a 12-row edging, then a wide border, then the morning glory stitch pattern for the main part of the stole. I got the edging done and about an inch of the border, and decided I needed to go up a needle size. Out it came.
Round two, bigger needle. Knit the edging, all of the border, and then the four transition rows to the center pattern. I get to the increase row, the one that has you increase a bunch of stitches across the row to get from the 50 center stitches up to 67. Here’s what it looked like.
I did so, counted, came up with something like 80-some stitches. Read the directions again, realized that I’d done the increase row wrong, tinked back, did it again,counted again. I still had way too many stitches. I decided to go to bed, sure that when I got up in the morning that the knitting fairies would have fixed this.
In the light of day, with a strong cup of coffee, I really read the pattern. It appears that during the transition between the 12-row edging and the border, way back about 12 inches of knitting ago, I just plain forgot to do the decrease row that was the transition between those two sections. Crap Crap Crappity Crap. I did that whole border section on too many stitches. There may have been some harsh words said in earnest when I finally figured this out yesterday morning. I tried to rip back just to the initial edging, made a mess of it, and ended up just ripping the whole thing out.
I would like to point out that in no way does this reflect on Anne’s pattern-writing abilities. She writes a fine pattern. The charts are clear, the directions could not be more plain. I just didn’t follow them.
I now have the thing restarted, though I was sorely tempted to go paddle the canoe out in the middle of the lake and sacrifice the yarn to the Loch Steili Monster*. I love the Froot Loopy-ness of it too much to do that. I have most of the edging done. From now on, I’m reading directions.
Oh, and that’s my new yarn bowl, from Knit Witch. Go and get one of your own, they are lovely!
*Yes, we have our own Monster on Lake Steilacoom, where we live. John and I have both seen her swimming across the lake. She appears to be friendly, as no water skiers or small pets have gone missing, but it never hurts to give her a peace offering now and again.